Rockets vs. Timberwolves NBA Betting Preview & Prediction

Rockets vs. Timberwolves NBA Betting Preview & Prediction

Written by on February 13, 2018

Karl Anthony Towns and the upstart Minnesota Timberwolves will look to put the brakes on James Harden and the NBA betting favorites Houston Rockets when the two Western Conference title hopefuls square off at the Target Center in Minneapolis at 7:00 PM ET, Now, let’s find out where the value in this matchup lies.

NBA Betting Preview & Prediction: Houston at Minnesota

  • When: Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: FSN
  • Radio: 790 AM (Houston) / 830 AM (Minnesota)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Odds: Houston Rockets -3 (Over/Under at 222.5 points)

Team Records

  • All: Houston Rockets 42-13 / Minnesota Timberwolves 35-24
  • Home: Houston Rockets 22-6 / Minnesota Timberwolves 23-6
  • Away: Houston Rockets 20-7 / Minnesota Timberwolves 12-18
  • ATS: Houston Rockets 27-27-1 / Minnesota Timberwolves 28-29-2
  • Over/Under: Houston Rockets 25-29-1 / Minnesota Timberwolves 31-27-1

2017-18 NBA FINAL POSSIBLE MATCHUPS

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Houston Rockets lead 9-1
  • Score: Houston Rockets 118.20 / Minnesota Timberwolves 110.60
  • Field Goal Percentage: Houston Rockets 47.42 / Minnesota Timberwolves 47.68
  • Rebounds: Houston Rockets 45.80 / Minnesota Timberwolves 42.30
  • 3 Point Shots: Houston Rockets 73-203 / Minnesota Timberwolves 155-417
  • Steals: Houston Rockets 9.40 / Minnesota Timberwolves 11.10

Why Consider Betting on the Houston Rockets at -3?

Why consider betting on Houston in this contest? Well, because they’re on fire, that why!The Rockets have won eight straight and come into this contest off a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday night. Houston got 27 points from James Harden and 25 points from Chris Paul while blossoming big man Clint Capela added 16 points and 11 rebounds.“We have too much at stake,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni told the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t think it’s even in their DNA to (coast into the break).”The Rockets are averaging 114.1 points per game and allowing 105.3 points per contest. James Harden is averaging 31.3 points and 8.9 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 19.4 points and 8.3 assists.“It’s a huge motivation,” Paul told the Chronicle. “Every game for us matters because we’re building, trying to play the right way, make sure we have the right spirit. We need to go there and win.”

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 114.15
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.30
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.55
  • Free Throw Percentage: 78.57
  • Total Rebounds: 43.64
Defense
  • Total Score: 105.65
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.72
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.57
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.29
  • Total Rebounds: 41.29

Why Consider Betting on the Minnesota Timberwolves at +3?

Why consider betting on Minnesota in this contest? Well, because they can score the ball and have a trio of excellent scorers of their own. The Timberwolves have won three of their last five and come into this contest off a 111-106 win over Sacramento on Sunday.“There will be an opportunity to go on the break and recharge, but don’t go on the break before the break,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Stay disciplined. Stay in what we have to do. Concentrate, improve and we go from there.”Karl Anthony Towns scored a game-high 29 points and five other players reached double-figure scoring for Minnesota in the win. The Timberwolves are averaging 109.6 points per game and allowing 106.4 points per contest defensively.Despite playing at home. the Timberwolves are not a safe NBA Betting Pick against Houston.The Wolves have the league’s second-best home record at 23-6 and have won 13 games in a row on their home court. They escaped Sunday’s game as Jimmy Butler scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.“Jimmy Butler woke up,” Minnesota guard Jamal Crawford said of the change in the fourth quarter. “He was sleeping. When he wakes up, we know how good he is. It just separates everything. He started making all the plays.”

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 109.61
  • Field Goal Percentage: 48.00
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.93
  • Free Throw Percentage: 79.71
  • Total Rebounds: 41.66
Defense
  • Total Score: 106.41
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.83
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.82
  • Free Throw Percentage: 78.17
  • Total Rebounds: 41.32

Latest NBA Betting Trends

  • Rockets are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Rockets are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston’s last 15 games
  • Timberwolves are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games at home
  • Timberwolves are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games

Expert Prediction and Analysis

While Minnesota has gone 23-6 at home this season, the young T-Wolves will host a Houston Rockets team that is on fire, having won eight straight games. The Timberwolves have lost their last two games against Cleveland and Chicago by a grand total of three combined points, so they’re clearly not playing bad basketball right now.Still, I don’t see any way they keep up with a Houston Rockets team that scores in bunches and looks like they’ve got some serious plans of competing for the Western Conference championship this season. James Harden, Chris Paul and now, Clint Capela are all playing out of their respective minds and Houston simply has too much offensive firepower.Pick: Houston Rockets 125 – Minnesota Timberwolves 114